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The Merchant of Venice

William Shakespeare

  Act 3 Scene 2

page Act 3 Scene 2 Page 9

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PORTIA

     So do I, my lord.
230They are entirely welcome.

PORTIA

I do too, my lord. They’re entirely welcome.

LORENZO

(to BASSANIO) I thank your honor. For my part, my lord,
My purpose was not to have seen you here.
But meeting with Salerio by the way,
He did entreat me, past all saying nay,
235To come with him along.

LORENZO

(to BASSANIO) Thank you, sir. I didn’t intend to come see you. But I ran into Salerio on the way, and he begged me to come along with him until I couldn’t say no.

SALERIO

    I did, my lord.
And I have reason for it. Signor Antonio
Commends him to you.
(gives BASSANIO letter)

SALERIO

That’s true, and with good reason. This letter is for you from Signor Antonio. (he gives BASSANIO a letter)

BASSANIO

    Ere I ope his letter,
I pray you tell me how my good friend doth.

BASSANIO

Before I open this letter, please tell me how my good friend is doing.

SALERIO

240Not sick, my lord, unless it be in mind,
Nor well, unless in mind. His letter there
Will show you his estate.

SALERIO

He’s not sick, my lord, but he’s very upset, and his problems are serious. His letter will tell you how he’s doing.
BASSANIO opens the letter and reads it
BASSANIO opens the letter and reads it.

GRATIANO

(indicating JESSICA)
Nerissa, cheer yond stranger. Bid her welcome.—
245Your hand, Salerio. What’s the news from Venice?
How doth that royal merchant, good Antonio?
I know he will be glad of our success.
We are the Jasons, we have won the fleece.

GRATIANO

(pointing at JESSICA) Nerissa, welcome this stranger. —Salerio, welcome. Any news from Venice? How’s the great merchant Antonio doing? I know he’ll be happy to hear of our success. We’re like the ancient hero Jason, we went looking for the Golden Fleece and we won it!